Many people don’t realize that Windows 10 has the new, improved file manager known as Windows Explorer. It is a great addition to Windows and is the ideal program for finding, organizing and searching your files. If you have used Windows Explorer, then you will find the new file manager to be very similar. However, if you are not familiar with Windows Explorer, then the following descriptions may help you navigate around the new file manager.
You start off with the familiar search box on the left side of the window.
You can perform basic searches of all files and folders stored on your hard drive. You will also find an option under the folder tree that lets you view all your currently open files and folders. There is also a new fast search option under the top bar at the top of the screen that lets you quickly locate files.
One of the more interesting new features is a new interactive folder. When you click on the folder button, you will get a pop up menu with all the files that are in that folder. You can drill down into any of the files listed to find a specific text or file. You can also go to the section, or sub-section, of the file or folder. This lets you go through every part of the file or folder you are searching.
Another great addition to Windows 10 is the new file compare feature.
This allows you to compare two different Windows Explorer windows side by side. When you click on the plus sign icon on the top bar, it will compare the names of the files located in the current window with those in the other window. There are even times when two files in Explorer conflicting with one another. With the compare option, you can select the different versions and click compare.
If you want to create a shortcut for the selected folders, the Windows 10 add and drop option is very useful. You can simply drag and drop the folders or files onto the add and drop option in the navigation menu. The drop option will place the selected items in the folder for you. This makes life much easier when searching for something in the folder. You don’t have to go back and forth to search for the same thing two different times.
Along with the new file search feature, you can also search for the files based on their name.
Just type in a word or phrase and look at the results. If you have multiple versions of the same file, you can look at the differences between them. With the search option, you can search based on a keyword or exactly copy the path of the selected file.
Some advanced users may find the shortcut to the current folder in the lower right corner of the screen useful. If you want to quickly go to your file, you can double click on it. You’ll see a pop up window with your options. You can select the folder you want to open the file in, or if you’re just looking for a specific file, you can type its name. Even better, Windows Explorer now includes a search feature.
While it is a great feature, many people won’t find the need to use the advanced features often. So, as with any other software program, be sure to test your program to see if it’s going to work for you before you make any changes to the folder structure. It is a useful tool for those who use Windows Explorer a lot, but for most people, there are thousands of files and folders that can be found easily with the Windows 10 file explorer.